Buying a new kitchen sink takes a little more effort than picking one off a market stall. What exactly makes the sink you’re buying unique, and will it work for you?
You may want the best, but the best is expensive, so you may want to settle for function instead. Between numerous brands, sizes, materials, and designs, even paying for purpose becomes difficult.
Choose Your Type
There are, in fact, more than one type of kitchen sink that you can buy. The difference between the two most popular models is how you’ll mount them in the kitchen. An under-mount or rimless sink lacks a rim and sits and fuses with the counter from underneath. A drop-in sink will, like the name suggests, drop into the counter.
Why should you choose between having a rimmed sink and an under-mount one? A rimless sink is best for keeping everywhere clean since there’s nowhere for dirt and grime to hide. On the other hand, a drop-in sink is generally cheaper, not to mention that you can install it yourself.
Choose Your Material
Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, sinks come in more than enamel and stainless-steel material. There are copper sinks, cast iron sinks, composite fiberglass, and many more options for you. Naturally, each of these sinks has different prices and advantages over one another.
- Stainless steel: cheap, durable, easily cleaned, but noisy, easily scratched, and often lacks insulation. Some manufacturers like Mensarjor use T304 stainless steel, which is more scratch-resistant and sturdier than the usual stuff.
- China: often lacks mounting holes, chips and is expensive but stain and scratch-resistant and easy to clean.
- Enamel: It has a variety of colors and designs, quiet operation, and easy to clean but is expensive and cumbersome.
- Solid Surface: it will have the same material as the countertop and blends seamlessly with it. But it’s often expensive and damages easily.
- Composite Fiber: they are often stylish, quiet, and durable, but are expensive, scratch easily, and absorb stains.
There are many more materials that manufacturers use to make sinks. Invest in sinks with advantages that work in your favor.
Determine a Size
After you decide on your sink type and material, you can now start looking for the right size. For the most part, more massive sinks are pricier than smaller ones. So, be realistic about how much sink space you want and how much sink space you need. 22-inches and a little higher will work for the kitchen of a non-avid cook. But, it’s usually better to go as for as large a sink as you can accommodate or afford.
Will It Be Single or Double?
As we had earlier said, there is no such thing as a sink that is too big. If you can afford or accommodate a double bowl sink, go for it. Not only does it provide you more freedom in the kitchen, but it also tends to look more stylish.
One of the most significant restrictions in kitchen sink choices is the size and make of your cabinet. It will decide how massive your sink can be and how large it can be.
Even with all these, you also need to keep an eye on your sink depth, faucet support, mounting holes. When picking a new kitchen sink, always balance what you need with what you want.